however
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /hɑʊˈɛvə/
  • (America) enPR: houĕvʹər, IPA: /haʊˈɛvɚ/
  • (NY) IPA: /hɑwɛvə/

Adverb

however (not comparable)

  1. Nevertheless; yet, still; in spite of (that).
    He told me not to do it. I, however, did it anyway. / I did it anyway, however. / (sometimes proscribed:) However, I did it anyway.
    She wanted to go; however, she decided against it.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
  2. (degree) To whatever degree or extent
    However clear you think you've been, many questions will remain.
  3. (manner) In whatever way or manner.
    Let me know when you've had your interview, however it goes.
  4. An emphatic form of how.
    However were you able to do it?
  5. (obsolete) In any case, at any rate, at all events.
    • circa 1680 John Tillotson:
      Our chief end and highest interest is happiness : And this is happiness to be freed from all (if it may) [or] however from the greatest evils.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: peu importe
  • German: egal wie
Translations
  • French: de quelque manière que ce soit, quelle que soit sa manière
  • German: wie auch immer
  • Italian: comunque
  • Portuguese: de qualquer modo
  • Spanish: de cualquier forma

Conjunction
  1. In whatever way or manner.
    she offered to help however she could
  2. (proscribed) Although, though, but, yet.



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